Question about 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
My Grand prix starts when it feels like it. had the starter replaced, but still have the same problem. When the key is turned, all lights and radio come on, but the engine won't crank. i've found that it might start if i use my original key. but even that isn't doing it now. the mechanic now thinks its the alarm system. We've never used the alarm, so didn't know we had one. Will disabling the alarm solve the problem?
It was the alarm. Although we've never used it, somehow the switch was stuck on, and wasn't allowing us to start the car. it also burned out the ignition switch. Had to completely disable the alarm (removed it completely) and changed the ignition switch.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Locked my 1998 BMW keys
The locking system will fight your attempts to jimmy the lock unless you can disconnect the battery.
Your best solution may be to remove the license plate and carefully drill a hole so you can reach in with a wire hook and release the trunk lock. If you know anyone else with an e36, I advise that you pull up the trunk lid liner in their trunk and examine the lock so you can decide exactly where you want to drill the hole. You will want to find a rubber plug that is made to snap in a hole in sheet metal, and then drill your hole to fit the plug you find. A 3/4" hole should be about right.
I think that the dealer can get a key made if they have your VIN. Those keys are not cheap.
Posted on Jan 25, 2011
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